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July 6, 2015

The Christian Broadcast Network posted this news article today citing Aaaran and Melissa Klein's refusal to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple and the Oregon Labor Commission's decision to fine them $135,00 and a cease and desist order not to discriminate further...

June 28, 2015

The Supreme Court's decision to legalize the union of two committed people is a law whose time has come--for some, it is way past time.  With a supermajority of 63%,  Americans support the freedom to marry as a constitutional right for gay couples.  But, as with any ch...

June 20, 2015

Nine people shot dead in a church in Charleston.  Fingers pointing, analysts trying to figure it out. This wasn't the Taliban. Wasn't Isis. This wasn't the act of terrorists in foreign lands.  This was home-grown American racism.  The violence we face in America, again...

May 27, 2015



I first met Kelly at a Willamette Writers Conference in Portland.  She had just released her memoir, Breathe.  I liked her instantly and found her to be a fresh, healthy, personable and intelligent woman without a care in the world--until I read her book.  I was floo...

May 17, 2015

I am often asked if I have any regrets in my life.  I'd be a fool if I said no.  We all have decisions and choices in life that, if given another go-round, we may have changed.  Analyzing the past with the widsom of the present is a healthy exercise in determing how fa...

April 30, 2015


The recent homocide of Freddie Gray while in Baltimore police custody is yet another declaration of the distress we face as a society.  And if you haven't been moved by this callousness and haven't been compelled to march against the tide of this sort of injustice, th...

March 25, 2015

Chiseled, as a concept, is a two-edged sword.  One can be chiseled out of something, or one can be chiseled into something.  Everyone is chiseled on both counts by life.  Life is not fair.  It cheats you out of your rightful place, what you deserve and what you're due....

March 18, 2015

 The prosperity doctrine preached by Creflo Dollar in the most recent Christian evangelical controversy is a form of spiritual bribery not found in the gospels.  Dollar has been criticized for begging his viewers for money to purchase a new $65 million dollar personal...

March 10, 2015

Some people have a rough time with life, in fact, most of us have encountered our fair share of hardship.  The challenges we face are bundled up in an extraordinary experience called human life.  We feel, we see, we hurt, we cry, we laugh, we rejooice--all part of that...

February 21, 2015

Just to be clear:  this was not me.  I was not the Black Canary.


This declaration despite the claims of Wikipedia that insists otherwise--"Legends of the Superheroes starred Adam West and Burt Ward, reprising their roles as Batman and Robin from the live-action Ba...

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